Wolf Pup decides to follow in his revered grandfather's footsteps and study to be the one entrusted with preserving the People's legends and culture. This apprenticeship requires talent, sharp judgement, and sacrifice. When a tornado decimates the People's lodges and belongings, they must turn to Wolf Pup to lead them in their struggle to rebuild ...
Wolf Pup decides to follow in his revered grandfather's footsteps and study to be the one entrusted with preserving the People's legends and culture. This apprenticeship requires talent, sharp judgement, and sacrifice. When a tornado decimates the People's lodges and belongings, they must turn to Wolf Pup to lead them in their struggle to rebuild and survive.
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A story of a young man who must make a momentus decision that will determine his direction in life, how he will serve the People, and how it leads to other decisions that impact the Southern band. A poignant description of how an aging member of the band long ignored becomes a lifegiver in spite of his failing mental abilities. Very descriptive of an affliction that strikes the elders of today's society and the frustration of those then and now that must deal with it. One also feels the love of a woman who must help the elder in his struggle to pass on his knowledge in a short time to the young warrior that will carry the fate of the People in his hands.
Publishers Weekly, 1995-08-28 Coldsmith's popular Spanish Bit saga, about a Plains Indian tribe, continues with this evocative installment that takes up where Child of the Dead left off. The Elk-dog People are enjoying a period of peace and stability. Their dreaded enemies, the Head Splitters, have become allies, and they are living in relative isolation from whites, who in the past have brought both dislocation and plagues like smallpox. As the novel opens, Wolf Pup is born to Gray Mouse and to Dark Antelope, the chief tracker and scout of the People. The boy has a very spiritual presence, and as he grows in both stature and wisdom, he apprentices to his grandfather, the holy man Singing Wolf, undertaking an extensive vision quest; he also becomes an expert tracker like his father. Trouble arrives with the arrival of the Snake People in Elk-dog territory. Though the two tribes get along amicably at first, competition for dwindling bison herds may spell trouble ahead. When a tornado destroys the Elk-dog People's village and possessions, they are forced to seek out buffalo in quantities larger than ever before-and the only one to lead them is their young medicine man. Coldsmith tells a persuasive coming-of-age tale, enriched with much detail about Plains Indian ways, and the story takes on a particular poignance as both reader and People come to realize that those ways may be coming to an end. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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